A few years ago, we built a teaching kitchen as part of our building.
This was critical to helping our families learn how to cook. It helps them learn a skill that will help their money go further at the grocery store. It also helps them eat healthier.
This initiative is essential as we want our families to help their food go further and improve their health. Yes, we live in what others declare as a food desert, so this helps in addressing our neighbors challenges.
We also have created a food co-op for our neighbors who pay $2 a week and volunteer so many hours each month. This allows them to obtain fresh produce and vegetables and, periodically, meat.
Food is an essential part of what we provide to our neighbors through friends like you. Thank you.
Martin Luther King, Jr. faced many oppositions to his goal of civil rights for all. Folks on each side of the issue criticized and attacked his work.
He relentlessly pushed forward, despite the opposition. One who opposed him eventually killed him. Yet his dream did not die.
His work laid the foundation for which we must continue to work towards. Equal right for everyone…the immigrant, a person of color, the one with no home, one stricken by mental illness, the individual dealing with addiction.
We are labeled by only one thing…children of God, created in His image.
May we continue the dream…founded on the work of the cross.
Your gift made during the Christmas season helps us to provide hope to break the cycle of poverty all year long!
Shepherd isn’t just here one month a year, but daily, all year long we are working hard to serve our neighbors. This would not be possible without the support of friends like you. During the Christmas season, we get so distracted by the “stuff” we give and receive that we miss giving the most important gift – love. You see, it’s not how it’s wrapped, but rather the heart of the gift you give.
The difference you’re making is immense. Our new data program allows us to track our families and their progress in breaking the cycle of poverty. We hope in the next year, we are able to serve even more neighbors and, with your help, we are able to continue impacting the lives of those that walk through our doors. When you invest in Shepherd, you are ensuring hundreds have a safe, loving, and hopeful place to go.
Thanks for investing in their lives.